Varya Shutova, Binx Walton and Lily McMenamy – three of our favourite unconventional models right now, Getty Images.
10 BEST UNCONVENTIONAL MODELS
Gone are the days of identikit models striding down the runway – right now, modelling is a more diverse game than ever before. We run down 10 of our favourite unconventional faces around.
10. ERIKA LINDER
Swedish model Erika has made herself a name thanks to her versatile androgynous good looks, meaning she can work menswear just as well as women’s looks. And to top it all off, this year she walked for Louis Vuitton, always a high fashion stamp of approval.
9. LILY MCMENAMY
With 90's supermodel Kristen McMenamy for a mother, Lily’s fashion fortune seemed sealed at birth. Nonetheless, her striking bone structure, towering stature and eye-catching lips make her one of a kind amongst the model pack.
8. LINN ARVIDSSON
Linn’s Instagram bio reads “Yes, it’s natural” – a shout-out to her icy white locks, which have made the Swedish model a star on the rise. Her pale Nordic looks landed her a Balenciaga campaign in 2012, too.
7. ONDRIA HARDIN
From a small North Carolina town, Ondria Hardin has come a long way. She’s an unusual, twist on the classic all-American beauty, with a kind of feline charm that has caught the eye of designers like Dior, Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo.
6. JAMIE BOCHERT
Born in 1983, Jamie’s continued success is proof that modelling isn’t only for teenage gazelles. With sculpted cheekbones and a shaggy mane of rock-star hair, Jamie is a favourite with designers like Givenchy and The Row.
5. VARYA SHUTOVA
With her flaming red hair, Varya isn't what you might expect of the typical Kazakh model. Her otherworldly looks have bagged her a spot in the A/W 2015 Marc Jacobs campaign – a coup for a new girl like her.
4. MOLLY BAIR
Molly was scouted as a teenager in a New York flea market in 2014, and this year found her walking down Karl Lagerfeld’s aisle in a wedding dress, as the bride at the Chanel Spring 2015 couture show.
3. HARI NEF
Flying the flag for fashion’s transgender tipping point, Hari Nef is showing that beauty can be defined in a million different ways. And when she was signed to IMG this year, Hari proved that trans is more than just a trend, too.
2. ISSA LISH
The amazing Issa stands out due to her homeland: Mexico hasn’t yet given us many models, but that may be about to change. Issa has worked with photographers like Steven Meisel and David Sims, and is a favourite of Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, so expect big things.
1. BINX WALTON
Straight out of Tennessee, Binx has been the face of Céline and walked for Prada. She’s a favourite due to her unique background, with Indian, East Asian and European roots influencing her very modern beauty, and can do haute couture just as well as tough streetwear.